So far this is my personal favorite card of the Major Arcana, not so much because I have a particular affinity for the Hierophant, but because I am really, really pleased about how well my Dumbledore turned out with his gorgeous owl.
The composition is actually fairly close to the traditional image of the hierophant, who is generally depicted as an older man (often in priest-like garments, because in very old decks he is actually the Pope) who is blessing or instructing smaller figures arranged in front of him.
To use Dumbledore for this card was a no-brainer, because he is a guardian, guide and mentor to so many, he inspires loyalty and is a figure of respect, he leads at Hogwarts, where young witches and wizards first learn what it means to become a responsible and knowledgeable member of their society, and he truly represents all that is good and honorable in the wizarding world.
The Hierophant card represents the belief of the group rather than personal beliefs and it stands for the socialization of an individual into a group. Therefore the Hierophant is often the figure of a teacher or a mentor, who helps the idividual fit into the group or into society, by teachig them skills and knowledge, but also appropriate behaviors, norms and ethics.
When you draw it, it may mean that you have to examine your beliefs with respect to what others around you believe, that perhaps you should seek the guidance of a teacher or that you may be called on to mentor and help others.
I'd like to dedicate this card to who draws the coolest Gambon/Dumbledore I've seen so far and who convinced me to go with Gambon rather than Harris, which I am now really happy about.
Update: submitted to for her tarot contest.
Thank you so much for getting in touch! While the HP Tarot unfortunately is not available commercially I found a printing service that can print the cards for me on heavy, satinated cardstock that's as good as any regular deck (330 gsm). The cards measure 7 x 12 cm and come with a signed cover card in a black velvet pouch.
Because the printing is a one-off, I have to ask $55 for a cut deck of 78 cards. Shipping is $7 US and $25 everywhere else, both with a tracking number.
If you are interested, please send $62 or $80 depending where you live to my PayPal account at Ellygator13@yahoo.com and make sure to include your shipping address in the notes.
Also if you have a Hogwarts house preference, please let me know. I'll include a note card with the founder of your favorite house as a little gift.
All the best, Elly
PS.: I am currently out of town so it will take me about a week to pack and ship your Tarot deck if you decide to order one
Thank you for getting back to me! I am so happy that you still have them available in some way! I will be contacting you through PayPal shortly. Please take as long as you need to send it!
Thank you! Just wanted to let you know the transaction came through, and I will pack and ship your deck around next weekend. I'll be in touch again with the tracking number. Thank you for your patience!
Only...I had to comment on this one - I love that owl. I dont know what it is, but it just screams "LOOK AT ME!"
I mean, dumbledore is well drawn, but there is something hypnotic about that owl...